Get out your bucket list and put “Eat a meal at Restaurant Mosaic at the Orient” at the top of it. This multi award winning restaurant is somewhere you need to dine at before you die. The chef, Chantel Dartnall, is so passionate about the dishes she creates , which is evident in her eloquent descriptions of the different courses before your meal.
We booked a table at Mosaic for lunch for Restaurant Week. This included 3 courses for R400 pp (the bigger menus cost R750 or R1200 pp), and we got way more than we bargained for. What a spectacular experience. The Orient hotel is located just outside of Hartbeespoort (everyone claims it’s Pretoria, but it’s right next to Pelindaba, which to me is in Harties).
Nestled in the trees with a couple of resident zebras, impalas and other buck, the setting of the Orient hotel is gorgeous. Driving along the winding road, through the huge wooden gates to the pinkish-orange hued buildings makes you feel like you are on holiday. It reminded me slightly of the Palace at Sun City.
The only word that can sufficiently describe the hotel in detail is Opulent. The furnishings and decor make you feel like you are in a rich sheiks home. The meal, well that is next level opulence. Definitely one of the best meals I have ever eaten.